Michigan's state flag depicts the
state's coat-of-arms on a dark blue field.
MOTTO: "If You Seek a Pleasant
Peninsula, Look About You"
ENTERED UNION: Jan. 26, 1837
FLAG ADOPTED: June 26, 1911, (Unofficial Flag
Flown in1837, Revised in 1865)
COMMENTS: The elk and moose are symbols of
Michigan, while the bald eagle represents the United
The present flag, adopted in 1911,
is the third state flag. The first flag (1837) featured a
portrait of Michigan's first governor,
Stevens T. Mason, on one side and the state coat of arms
and "a soldier and a lady" on the other side. The second
flag, adopted in 1865, displayed the state coat of arms on
one side and the United States coat of arms on the other,
while the third flag, the first official flag, was adopted
in 1911 and features the state's coat-of-arms on a dark blue
The final design features three
1- On the red ribbon: "E Pluribus Unum,"
means "Out of many, one," a motto of the United States.
2- On the light blue shield: "Tuebor," means "I will
3- On the white ribbon: "Si Quæris Peninsulam
Amnam Circumspice," means "If you seek a pleasant
peninsula, look about you." (The official state motto).
- Michigan's unique location on
the Great Lakes gives it a range of climates for growing
a variety of farm products. It is second only to
California in crop diversity.
- The largest registered Holstein
herd of dairy cows lives in a town called Elsie.
- Isle Royale was designated an
International Biosphere Reserve in 1980. The wolf/moose
predator-prey study conducted there is the longest
running such study in the world.
- Although Michigan is sometimes
known as the Wolverine State because of the many
wolverine pelts traded by early trappers, none of these
animals are left in the state.
- The first tunnel that allowed
motor vehicles to travel between two countries connects
Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, in Canada.
- James Vernor created the first
soda pop made in the United States when he stored a
beverage in an oak case. When he returned home from the
Civil war, 4 years later, the drink had acquired a
delicious gingery flavor. He created ginger ale.